Career Attributes

  • $19,766
  • 871,100
  • 2.4
  • 7.9%
  • High school diploma
  • Culinary Arts
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Overview

No formal education or previous work experience is required. Most food preparation workers obtain their skills through short-term on-the-job training, which often lasts several weeks. Many start as kitchen helpers and progress into food preparation positions as they learn basic knife skills. Training generally starts with basic sanitation and workplace safety regulations and continues with instructions on how to handle, prepare, and cook food.

Advancement opportunities for food preparation workers depend on their training, work experience, and ability to do more refined tasks. Many food preparation workers move into assistant or line cook positions as they learn basic cooking techniques.

What are Food Preparation Workers like?

Investigative

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Food Preparation Workers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 2009 CareerExplorer users

Are Food Preparation Workers happy?

2ndpercentile

Food Preparation Workers rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 2nd percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Food Preparation Worker Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Food Preparation Workers

The most common degree held by Food Preparation Workers is Psychology. 8% of Food Preparation Workers had a degree in Psychology before becoming Food Preparation Workers. That is over 1 times the average across all careers. Business Management And Administration graduates are the second most common among Food Preparation Workers, representing 7% of Food Preparation Workers in the CareerExplorer user base, which is 1.1 times the average.

Food Preparation Worker Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Food Preparation Worker, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Food Preparation Workers % of population Multiple
Psychology 8.2% 7.0% 1.2×
Business Management And Administration 7.0% 6.5% 1.1×
English Literature 5.6% 4.9% 1.1×
Culinary Arts 4.5% 0.5% 9.2×
Liberal Arts 3.7% 1.9% 1.9×
Fine Arts 3.1% 2.2% 1.4×
Communications 3.1% 3.4% 0.9×
Biology 3.0% 3.6% 0.8×
Computer Science 3.0% 3.0% 1.0×
Foreign Language Studies 2.8% 1.3% 2.1×
Drama 2.6% 1.1% 2.5×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 2.6% 1.6% 1.7×
Economics 2.6% 4.0% 0.7×
Sociology 2.6% 2.1% 1.2×
Accounting 2.3% 1.9% 1.2×
Political Science 2.3% 2.9% 0.8×
General Education 2.1% 0.7% 3.2×
Business 1.9% 2.6% 0.7×
Linguistics 1.9% 0.8% 2.4×
Theology And Religious Vocations 1.9% 0.4% 4.8×
Anthropology And Archeology 1.9% 1.3% 1.5×
Social Sciences 1.7% 0.5% 3.5×
Automotive Repair 1.7% 0.2% 8.4×
Environmental Science 1.6% 1.1% 1.4×
Hospitality Management 1.6% 0.9% 1.7×
Journalism 1.6% 1.1% 1.4×
Other Foreign Languages 1.6% 0.6% 2.8×
Criminal Justice 1.6% 1.4% 1.1×
Music 1.4% 0.9% 1.6×
Studio Arts 1.4% 0.5% 2.6×
Mathematics 1.4% 1.9% 0.7×
Nutrition Sciences 1.4% 0.3% 5.2×
History 1.4% 2.3% 0.6×
Marketing And Marketing Research 1.2% 2.2% 0.6×
Early Childhood Education 1.2% 0.5% 2.4×
Teacher Education 1.2% 0.9% 1.4×
General Engineering 1.2% 0.4% 3.1×
Social Work 1.2% 0.5% 2.3×
Graphic Design 1.2% 1.4% 0.9×
Cosmetology 1.2% 1.0% 1.2×
Neuroscience 1.0% 0.5% 1.9×
Special Needs Education 1.0% 0.3% 3.7×
Nursing 1.0% 0.5% 1.9×
Community And Public Health 1.0% 0.8% 1.3×

Food Preparation Worker Education Levels

45% of Food Preparation Workers have a high school diploma. 38% of Food Preparation Workers have a no education.

No education 38%
High school diploma 45%
Associate's degree 1%
Bachelor's degree 4%
Master's degree 13%
Doctorate degree 0%

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Career Attributes

  • $19,766
  • 871,100
  • 2.4
  • 7.9%
  • High school diploma
  • Culinary Arts
More Attributes